The southern California coastline, stretching from the Mexican border through San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, is where the true essence of California is on show. Sun-bleached surfers mingle with moviestars up and down the idyllic Pacific shores, all doused in California's legendary climate.
The extremely reliable sunshine of southern California makes it a popular winter getaway, and what's more, the coastline extending north and south from Los Angeles is the ideal place to combine sightseeing and golf with some time in the sun.
Where the mountains come so close to the shoreline, an amazing landscape is created that can be shaped artfully by the most imaginative golf course designers. This rings true when you consider some of the more prominent golfing destinations; head to Lost Canyons to experience spectacular mountain golf, or tackle the two courses at Torrey Pines, the 2008 U.S. Open host.
Add to this the chance to visit vibrant San Diego, experience the glitz and sheer ostentatiousness of Hollywood and Los Angeles, and chill out in Santa Barbara, and you have a fascinating and diverse golf holiday landscape waiting to be discovered.